Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend 2019

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With spring bursting into life and the evenings getting lighter, it’s such a wonderful time of year to get back into running condition, especially with Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend around the corner.

Recently featured by Runner’s World in ‘21 amazing UK marathons that aren’t in London’, the event has proved successful each year, with over 1,400 people running in 2018. There are changes afoot this year with new routes for both the East Grinstead and Haywards Heath 10 Mile races. Event Director Simon Adby explains: “The East Grinstead route has been changed slightly to improve the runner experience. The Network Rail works taking place in Ashenground Woods have resulted in a revised Haywards Heath route for this year. Fortunately finding alternative paths was straightforward, so regular participants will not notice much of a difference.”

Appealing to elite, club and first time runners the three-day event hosts nine events over the weekend, including the feature two ten mile races in both East Grinstead and Haywards Heath and the ten kilometre in Burgess Hill. All three combine to cover a total of 26.2 miles – the distance of a marathon. There will also be a family Fun Run and timed junior mile race on each day of the weekend, making it ideal for people of all ages and abilities to take part in.

Residents of Haywards Heath and Bolnore Village should note that on Sunday 5th May there will be a 20-minute (10:25-10:45am) road closure on South Road.

The route will take runners from Victoria Park via Ashenground and Bolnore Woods through Beech Hurst Gardens and into Bolnore Village. Traffic maybe stopped by marshals to let runners across roads, particularly where the footpath crosses Trubwick Avenue and Renfields. Car users are encouraged to leave plenty of time to allow for slight delays, which marshals will aim to minimise.

Event organisers are still looking for more volunteers over the weekend to assist with marshalling of the routes. If you are able to help out between 9am and 1pm on any day then please contact organisers via: www.midsussexmarathon.co.uk

Cuckfield Music Festival 2019

Cuckfield Music Festival

Only two months to go until the first Cuckfield Music Festival!

The inaugural event will take place between 15th and 23rd June when there will be ten events, of which three are free entry, in five Cuckfield venues.

There will be classical and jazz performances; a cappella singing; virtuoso piano playing; Greek folk music in a beautiful garden; and folk songs, madrigals, pop and classical with the Magnificat Choir from Hungary joining forces with our very own Cuckoo Choir.

Who could ask for anything more? Well, there is more, as you’ll find out by going to the website at www.cuckfieldmusicfest.co.uk .

Cuckfield's Cuckoo Fayre: 6th May 2019

Cuckfield’s Cuckoo Fayre

You know spring is in full flow when the Independent State of Cuckfield’s (ISOC) Cuckoo Fayre comes around. This fantastic, fun-filled family event has a little something for everyone, young and old. From a whole variety of stalls selling crafts, treats or just some fun games, to live music, a dog show, licenced bar and hot food. You certainly won’t be bored.

This year there will be some great new childrens’ entertainment from the fabulous Poppy’s Parties, one of the leading entertainers in the South East.

The Fayre takes place from midday on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May at the Cuckfield Recreation Ground (behind the Queen’s Hall). The reigning Mayor, Leanne Knapman, will arrive at 1pm to officially open the event.

If anyone is interested in booking a stall at this year’s Fayre, or would like to help out with the Fayre, please email: info at cuckfieldstate.org or call Mike on 07736 910344 for more details. Organisers are also looking for any groups who may wish to put on a display in the main arena.